Depression is a major threat to the student community but due to lack of awareness the situation is getting worse, discuss journalism students in a radio programme.

Any symptom of unusual behaviour is not a mental illness. Also, this programme is not a debate on normal vs abnormal since A’s normal could be B’s abnormal in a particular context. Therefore, it’s important to understand what could constitute a mental issue. Let the experts take a final view. Only a qualified psychiatrist will be able to give an informed opinion.

The idea of recording this radio programme came up during a workshop conducted by broadcaster Pervaiz Alam on ‘Critical Appraisal Skills in Public Health Reporting’ (CAS) – a course for journalism students at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC). The CAS has been an initiative taken by Unicef India, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Oxford University and IIMC.

The workshop covered the subject of reporting health matters through various multi-media formats such as print, digital, radio, video clips, photos, podcasting and social media. As a part of the workshop, the IIMC students suggested a topic and format, followed by a recording on the spot with the help of an ordinary mobile phone with its inbuilt mike. No other gadget was used. The purpose of this exercise is to learn making an interactive radio programme with the bare minimum resources on locations.

Mental Health is a part of the UN’s SDGs- The Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The Goals interconnect and in order to leave no one behind, it is important that we achieve each Goal and target by 2030.

17 Sustainable Development Goals:

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries
Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems
Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development
Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development


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